Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist at Rhode Island Hospital.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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Same-Sex Marriage
1:01 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Rhode Island Public Radio Same-Sex Marriage Special

Rhode Island State House
Credit RIPR

In this hour long special, Rhode Island Public Radio's political reporter Ian Donnis and political analyst Scott MacKay sit down with local observers on both sides of the complex and hotly contested same-sex marriage debate in Rhode Island.

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On Politics
11:39 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ProJo continues to bleed readers

From the eagle eye of WPRI’s premier blogger, Ted Nesi, comes word that won’t surprise any regular reader of the Providence Journal, Rhode Island’s flagship newspaper. The once robust news outlet continues to hemorrhage readers, which inevitably leads to a drop in advertising as businesses find other ways to reach customers.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RI Public Radio, ProJo, RI Monthly win Metcalf Awards

The annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media sponsored by Rhode Island for Community and Justice have been announced. For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island Public Radio has won. This year, RIPR education reporter and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison is a winner. Harrison won for her ongoing series covering minority students in Rhode Island. Other winners include Billy Reynolds, the ProJo’s wonderful sports columnist and one of a very few Ocean State journalists with a well-known national reputation. Reynolds has long been one of the nation’s top basketball writers.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Tracing the Long Road to Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for gay citizens. 

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rhode Island's New Day

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for our gay citizens.

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Local Features
8:46 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Perspective on Upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to weigh in on same-sex marriage on Tuesday.  Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott Mackay talks with us about the significance of the scheduled vote, and what to expect from legislators.  

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Gay marriage gaining momentum

As the hours dwindle to tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of same-sex marriage, it appears advocates of gay unions have an advantage, say State House sources. What is still unknown is what will happen when the issue hits the Senate floor, which could come as early as Wednesday, or more likely, Thursday.

What is clear this time around is that the marriage equality campaign has done a better job this time around than two years ago, when the General Assembly approved civil unions in a compromise that pleased neither side.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:51 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Forever Boston

After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.

The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition movement and women’s rights was riven by racial division.

The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag.

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On Politics
3:50 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Forever Boston

After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.

The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition and women's rights movements was riven by racial division.

The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag on it.

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On Politics
3:19 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Providence Public Library workers union wins in RI Supreme Court

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision that barred  unionized employees of the Providence Public Library from collecting about $150,000 in accumulated vacation pay.

In a decision released today, the high court vacated a decision by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter that barred the unionized workers from collecting the money because their union, the United Service and Allied Workers of Rhode Island, did not file a timely  appeal of a state Department of Labor Training opinion .

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